Listen to “Surviving This Holiday Season with Overactive Bladder Are You Among the 1 in 10 Americans Impacted by Bothersome Overactive Bladder Symptoms” on Spreaker.
November is Bladder Health Month
With more people getting vaccinated, this holiday season, many of us can finally get back to spending quality time with our loved ones.
But for some, getting through the holidays with overactive bladder (OAB) can be frustrating and embarrassing, leaving many running for the bathroom throughout the festivities. But, OAB doesn’t have to be disruptive, and you aren’t suffering alone.
Common symptoms of OAB include:
Urgency: a sudden need to go[ii] Frequency: the need to go oftenii
• Urge urinary incontinence: leakage episodesii
If you think you may be experiencing symptoms, contact your healthcare provider who may recommend behavioral therapies such as bladder training or pelvic-floor muscle training. If these therapies don’t work, you may need medication. Make sure you talk to your healthcare provider about ways to manage your OAB symptoms and understand which medicines may work best for you.
In the short-term, if you plan on traveling to visit family and friends this year, just be sure to plan ahead.
Tips for Managing OAB During the Holidays:
If you’re traveling, plan to stop every 2-4 hours to reduce strain on your bladder. Drink plenty of water, but limit your intake a few hours before traveling
If you can, avoid certain foods and beverages that can irritate the bladder such as alcohol, coffee, spicy and citrusy foods.
Relax and try to control the urge
Diane Newman, Nurse Practitioner specializing in urology to learn more about OAB coping advice, as well as treatment options.
HOLIDAYS CAN BE A DIFFICULT TIME FOR PEOPLE WITH OVERACTIVE BLADDER- WHAT HAVE YOU FOUND TO BE SOME OF THE MOST COMMON COMPLAINTS?
WHAT CAUSES OAB?
WHAT ARE SOME TECHNIQUES TO HELP MANAGE SYMPTOMS?
WHAT ELSE CAN PEOPLE DO ABOUT THIS CONDITION?
WHAT IS THE MAJOR TAKEAWAY YOU WANT OUR AUDIENCE TO REMEMBER?
Interview: Courtesy: Urovant Sciences
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